We report a first-principles study of vacancy-induced self-diffusion in crystalline silicon. Starting from a fully relaxed configuration with a neutral vacancy, we proceed to search for local diffusion paths. The diffusion of the vacancy proceeds by hops to first nearest neighbor with an energy barrier of 0.40 eV in agreement with experimental results. Competing mechanisms are identified, such as the reorientation, and the recombination of dangling bonds by Wooten-Winer-Weaire process.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics